Time Out helps you decide where to watch Euro 2016 in Dubai, with this list of the best sports bar and best drink deals from Dubai Marina to Downtown
After the World Cup, the European Championship is arguably the globe's greatest football tournament. Apologies to our South American readers but even the Copa America can’t compete with the Euros when it comes to long-standing rivalries, top-notch talent and a proliferation of upsets.
From the first whistle as hosts France take on Romania in Paris on June 10, football fans across Dubai will be glued to their screens for an entire month, cheering on their boys to glory or ignominy.
Time Out is a huge fan of the beautiful (and sometimes rather ugly) game and so you might find us around town with our retro replica shirt on, cheering, screaming and inevitably sobbing at our team’s latest dismal display.
Wear your country’s colours with pride and you’ll be given a freebie if they’re playing that night. Along with a number of food offers, fans can also take advantage of several beverage offers and two happy hours from 8pm to 10pm and midnight to 1am. Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-2am.
This hugely popular beach-side hangout will make sure fans don’t lose their cool, irrespective of their team’s failings, thanks to a massive tent that will cover the entire middle deck and have the thermostat set to 22°C. An array of daily deals will be on offer. Open daily 10am-3am.
The Aussie sports bar from the team behind Tom&Serg have embraced their first major tournament since opening earlier this year. All seven screens around the bar and faux-garden area will be showing the matches, while drink and food details will be changing throughout the tournament. As an added bonus, the Common Grounds menu will be served at the bar throughout Ramadan.
Dig out your replica shirt and head to Wafi, where the Carter’s team will support you through all the blood, sweat and tears of the Euros. Win, lose or draw, there will be a special menu with dishes starting at Dhs30, fish and chips for Dhs40, hops at Dhs25 and grape at Dhs20. Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am.
All eyes will be on Group D at this renowned Spanish haunt and guests will be offered a variety of drinks specials, including a Dhs99 bucket deal, alongside tasty signature tapas and home-style Iberian dishes. There are seven private booths, all with their own TV, if you want to book as a group. Open daily noon-2am.
The team at Claw have already got their replica shirts pressed and ready for action as the Souk Al Bahar crab shack prepares to welcome fans with open pincers. Each match will be shown live on the 15 TV screens and teamed up with not one, but several food and drinks promotions. Open Sun-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am.
With eight large LED screens dotted about this British-style sports bar, you’re guaranteed a good view wherever you sit. There will be daily food deals available, including Saturday and Sunday roasts for Dhs49, alongside hops deals and two happy hours. Open daily 11am-3am.
The famous Double Decker will welcome football fans throuhgout the tournament, treating them to huge screens, in-house games and numerous prizes to be won. Spread across two floors, the British pub will have offers running from 7.30pm every night.
This über-cool hangout in DIFC is hoping to grab the title as best place to watch the Euros by extending its happy hour throughout the live matches meaning fans can grab a house beverage for just Dhs25 while they watch the drama in France unfold. The kitchen will also be staying open longer for those feeling peckish during the late kick-offs.
As with most major sporting events, Emirates Golf Club is turning itself into a fanzone with 22 screens indoors and out. There will be a selection of food and beverage deals and half-time activities such as giant Jenga, floor foosball, predict the score and the dribble challenge. Open every match day.
Priding itself on being one of JBR’s top places to catch a match in, this garden bar has plenty planned to keep the punters happy, whatever the result. Daily food deals include fish and chips, hat-trick burgers and all-you-can-eat ribs, while there will also be a number of drinks offers (8pm-9pm, 12am-1am) available. Daily 4pm-3am
Offers burger and two mocktails for Dhs99, nachos and two mocktails for Dhs99 during the day. Burger and one selected beverage for Dhs89, nachos and selected beverages for Dhs120, sharing snack platter and selected beverages for two hours for Dhs180 at 8pm.
Although this Sheikh Zayed Road haunt is usually the domain of Man United fans, all will be welcomed as the feast of European football kicks off. Head to its Facebook page for a number of competitions and if you pick the right score of the game you’re watching, you’ll get 50 percent off your bill. Open daily noon-2am.
A newcomer to Dubai’s sports bar scene, supporters can cheer on their boys on one of the four HD screens inside or, weather permitting, on the outdoor terrace. Bucket deals, food offers and special grape prices will be available throughout the tournament. Open Sat-Wed noon-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am.
If you live in Dubai Sports City, or even if you don’t, Kickers is a fantastic option for some real atmosphere. This sports bar has put a lot of thought into its offerings, with match-day meals and drinks to match the teams playing that night. And along with a bookable VIP fanzone to enjoy with family and friends, you could be your best buddy’s hero by winning tickets to the semi-finals. Open each match day 8pm-2am.
All nations are welcome at the city’s lengthiest bar. Along with a Dhs185 evening brunch on Fridays from 8pm to 10.30pm during the Euros, there will be two chances to win a free stay at the Towers Rotana either by predicting the tournament winners or posting an Instagram selfie of you in your kit. Open daily noon-3am. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2201).
A perennial favourite with football fans, this vast, sport-centric Irish bar in JLT will be showing all the action on three giant screens in its fully air-conditioned tent in the garden, as well as on more than 20 TVs in the bar itself. It will also be offering customers the chance to win tickets to a semi-final. Bucket deals start at Dhs199. Open daily noon-3am. Other location: McGettigan's DWTC (04 378 0800).
This vast TECOM pub is buzzing during big matches that fans can watch on the three huge projectors and 15 LED screens. Along with an array of pub grub, there will be a number of beverage offers including a hops bucket for Dhs130 or tower for Dhs195. Open daily noon-3am.
Time Out Dubai’s Best Sports Bar has a lively atmosphere on match day and thanks to its 19 giant TV screens, you won’t have to bring a step ladder to peer at them. Special bucket and beverage deals will be available during each game. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am.
This unlicensed sports-themed restaurant is opening just in time for the tournament and will be showing all the clashes on 24 screens, including three 60-inchers. Tuck into classic burgers, signature Buffalo wings, cheesy quesadillas, ribs, nachos and desserts and enjoy a half-time game of pinball, Pac-Man, table football or air hockey. Opening Wed June 1.
After the success of a similar venture for World Cup 2014, Media One Hotel is building another urban fan zone for the Euros. Kitted out in “stadium” décor, ON42 will become a hub for supporters with two giant screens and 12 flat-screen TVs. Along with a special menu and drinks deals, there will also be a three-a-side football pitch so you and your buddies can show off those silky skills. Open one hour before the first game of the day.
If you live or work in DIFC, there can be few better places to get your football fix than this recently revamped sports bar and restaurant. The chef will be rustling up some tasty American fare including burgers, chicken wings, quesadillas and onion rings, while a bucket of hops will cost you Dhs99. Open daily noon-2am.
Football fever has struck at Sofitel The Palm Dubai Resort, where you can watch every kick, tackle and dodgy refereeing decision on one of the 60-inch projectors. Classic bar snacks such as beef burgers and nachos grande will be available for Dhs65, while hop buckets will cost Dhs99. Open daily 5pm-1am (last orders).
Dubai’s first British pub is going Euros crazy and offering the Creek’s longest happy hour from 3pm to 9pm. Sample a menu that includes plenty of Brit pub favourites. There will be selected two-for-one beverages along with draught hops from Dhs28. Open daily noon-2am.
This popular Garhoud haunt boasts nine screens between its two bars, meaning you won’t miss a kick no matter where you choose to sit. Along with its daily food menu, there will be 30 percent off beverages during the 7pm to 9pm happy hour, alongside some surprise deals between games. Open daily noon-2am.
This highly popular hangout for sports fans is awash with colour throughout the football calendar and will be especially so during the tournament. If you and your pals are feeling peckish, it will be serving up some special Euros food platters for both vegetarians and meat eaters, starting at Dhs33. And with 15 HD screens, even the tallest of supporters shouldn’t obstruct your view. Open daily 6pm-3am.
The guys at Time love a good deal and have a list of Euros bargains as long as a Cristiano Ronaldo dribble. With a multitude of screens dotted around this sprawling bar, you’re guaranteed a good vantage point. And if your team proves a complete let-down, you can always win back some kudos on one of the pool tables. Open daily noon-3am.
If it’s comfort you’re after, nab yourself one of the bean bags and shout for your team on the huge convex screen. The Euros special food menu will include plenty of tastes from Blighty including bangers and mash and Lancashire hot pot. Beverage deals are also on the cards. Open daily noon-3am.
The venue: The lounge will be decorated to look like a mini stadium with a terrace, away stand, hospitality boxes, dug out and themed bars. Deals: Dhs5,000 for hospitality box package for three hours (each box has a TV and can accommodate 14 people). A Euro themed food menu. Giveaways throughout the tournament. Number of screens: Two large projector screens, four private VIP booths and six smaller screens. www.storydubai.com
The venue: A huge sports bar with big screens and plenty of places to sit for a great view of the action. Deals: No special deals. There will be fan zone set up. Number of screens: Two giant screens and eight normal screens. www.lsbdubai.com
The venue: All five branches of Reem Al Bawadi in Dubai will be decorated with a Euro 2016 theme and will have multiple screens showing the games. Deals: Competitions to win football memorabilia during the games. A special Euro 2016 menu featuring bites priced from Dhs35 to Dhs55. Number of screens: Varies depending on location. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, www.reemalbawadi.com (04 394 7444). Other locations: Indigo Buiding, Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 6663); Marina Walk, Dubai Marina (04 452 2525); Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 443 9690); Ramada Hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 259 6111).
The venue: A Lebanese and Italian café with a casual atmosphere. Deals: Predict the winning team of the day’s match to win free lunch coupons and discount vouchers. Number of screens: Three 84-inch ultra HD LED TVs and 11 47-inch full HD LED TVs.
The venue: This Belgian bar will be decked out with Euro 2016 themed decorations. Deals: Various deals. Number of screens: One big TV screen between first and second floor and one big projector on rooftop.
The venue: A contemporary sports lounge with a lively atmosphere and plenty of screens. Deals: A five percent discount on the total bill for each goal scored from 9pm onwards. Number of screens: Multiple plasma screens.
The venue: Euro 2016 games will be shown on the Café Belge terrace, which will have a huge screen set up. Deals: A special bar menu featuring the likes of oysters, moules frites and the Café Belge wagyu burger. Number of screens: A giant 11.4sq m screen on the terrace.
The venue: An American-style sports bar with pool tables, plenty of screens and bar snacks. Deals: No special deals. Number of screens: Two projector screens, five 42-inch flatscreens, nine 32-inch flatscreens.
The venue: A British pub in the Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road. Deals: Fans can get a 30 percent discount through the “Guess the Score” competition. There will also be the chance to win an overnight stay at the hotel by guessing the winning score in the Euro 2016 final. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in full support of their team and share pictures on social media to be in with a chance of winning food vouchers. Number of screens: Three big TV screens and one giant screens.
The venue: This event at Sports City will feature interactive activities, hospitality and retail areas. Apart from live screenings of the games there will be zorb football and face painting. Deals: Raffles and food deals. Number of screens: Six big screens and additional smaller screens. Sports Village, Dubai Sports City (04 448 1555).
The venue: This sports bar is kitted out as good as any, with plenty of TVs, memorabilia decorating the walls, comfy sofas and high stools. Deals: Raffles and competitions. Combo deal with a pie. Number of screens: Twelve 32-inch screens.
The venue: This clubhouse restaurant and bar has Creek and golf course views. Deals: “Guess the score” competition to win dinner for four people. Number of screens: Ten screens: one giant screen over 100 inches, one 78-inch screen, one 68-inch screen, three 55-inch screens, four 40 and 43-inch screens.
The venue: This restaurant will be showing the games on its air-conditioned terrace. Deals: Food promotions. Collect stamps throughout the tournament to win prizes. Burgers and bites themed on the countries taking part. Number of screens: Five indoor and outdoor screens around the venue.
The venue: This stylish Indian restaurant will be showing the games, so you can enjoy the football while dining on classics like butter chicken or chicken tikka. It also has comfortable lounge area. Deals: Bar bites from Dhs35. Number of screens: Four TV screens.
The venue: A casual dining restaurant located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Perry &Blackwelder’s takes inspiration from America’s Deep South barbecue heritage to serve up smokehouse dishes. Deals: Combo deal featuring a choice of the Smokey Mountain Burger, Empire State Burger and Big Texas Chili Burger. Number of screens: Multiple screens across the bar area.
The venue: An upmarket sports bar with a huge four-sided cube screen. Deals: Hospitality packages available on the upper level. Standard package for four to six guests costs Dhs900, the deluxe package for eight to ten is Dhs1,750 and the premium package for eight to ten guests is Dhs2,750. Number of screens: One giant screen and eight TV screens on the upper level. Sixteen TV screens plus four huge screens on a giant cube in the general bar area.
The venue: Book a majlis at the Sunken Garden to watch the game with your friends. Deals: There will be seven majlis areas available. Each majlis can accommodate eight people and the minimum spend is Dhs1,000. Number of screens: There will be screens in each majlis.
The venue: A casual bar in the Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community. Deals: Dishes of the day will reflect the cuisines of the countries playing on that day. Collect stamps to win a trip to Europe. Number of screens: Two big TV screens behind the bar and one large projector screen.
The venue: A large and looming venue that mixes a modern sheen with a relaxed pub feel. It also has lots of screens. Deals: Gourmet burgers from Dhs65. Various offers available. Number of screens: Twenty-three screens including two HD projectors.
The venue: A fan zone showing all the games. There will be PlayStation games, foosball and a photowall. Dhs50 entry fee. Deals: Various offers and a bar bites menu. Number of screens: Multiple large LED screens
The venue: The bar will be transformed for the tournament to welcome football fans, with capacity for 250 guests. It has four bars and two restaurants. Deals: A special sports menu with dishes named after footballers.Various other offers available. Number of screens: Twelve.
The venue: A pub with pool tables, dartboards and hearty food. Deals: Fans can get a 30 percent discount through the “Guess the Score” competition. There will also be the chance to win an overnight stay at the hotel by guessing the winning score in the Euro 2016 final. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in full support of their team and share pictures on social media to be in with a chance of winning food vouchers. Number of screens: Six big TV screens and three projector screens.